Crocodile bites and toxic mushrooms: the WEIRDEST reasons Brits needed to shut down the NHS later

Crocodile bites, volcanic eruptions, and ingestion of toxic mushrooms.

Those are just some of the weird ways Brits got injured in the first year after lockdown.

MailOnline has looked at the weirdest reasons people in England needed NHS hospital care between 1 April 2021 and 31 March this year.

In one case, a 65-year-old woman was bitten by a crocodile and three cases of people who were sent to hospital after ‘contacting a marine animal’ in the comfort of their own home.

Natural disasters also played a role, with four admissions due to exposure to volcanoes, according to data released yesterday.

There were also 52 cases of people being poisoned after eating toxic mushrooms, down slightly from the previous year.

Having an “excessive sexual desire” was behind 28 admissions, with hundreds more to remove “foreign bodies” from the rectum, vagina and urethra.

Up to 10 Britons required hospital care after being bitten by crocodiles in 2021-22, three of which were emergency cases.

Up to 10 Britons required hospital care after being bitten by crocodiles in 2021-22, three of which were emergency cases.

While the nation’s attention was still focused on Covid for a good part of the year, other pathogens such as anthrax and plague also affected dozens of people.

Meanwhile, two men, one in his 20s and one in his 70s, needed NHS care after being exposed to “biological weapons”.

The NHS does not include information about patients beyond their age and gender for reasons of confidentiality.

This means that, in theory, a patient could appear multiple times in the dataset.

And the statistics do not include cases where people might have gone to their GP.

Additionally, some incidents are follow-up care rather than an immediate cause of admission.

For example, the UK has no volcanoes, so Britons treated for injuries related to volcanic eruptions could have been injured abroad and then needed care when they returned.

Some people are also diagnosed with a condition while being treated for something else, with doctors identifying a patient as having an illness or condition only after they are admitted to the hospital for a different reason.

Animal attacks from creatures big and small.

Dogs continued to dominate as the leading cause of animal admissions, with nearly 10,000 due to bites or collisions alone.

But a host of other creatures also sent Britons into the NHS last year.

Being hit or bitten by a ‘crocodile or alligator’ was cited as the reason in 10 cases last year.

Strangely, two of these occurred in the patients’ own homes, and others occurred in places such as zoos, wildlife parks, or in “unknown” locations.

The youngest case was in a girl between five and nine years old, and the oldest in a woman over 90 years old.

Both were bitten by a crocodile while in a ‘school, other institution and public administration area’, which could technically be a zoo. Although none of the injuries appear to have been serious.

However, in three cases there were two admissions requiring a hospital stay and one was classified as needing ’emergency care’.

There were 69 admissions for venomous snake bites, 13 of which were in those under 18 years of age. Of the total cases, 13 were classified as emergencies.

The UK only has one native venomous snake, the viper, although people can buy potentially deadly exotic species as pets.

Venomous spiders were behind 21 admissions, while scorpion bites were behind three. One was even for a patient bitten or sprayed by a poisoned millipede or centipede.

Three admissions, involving at least two people, were sent to hospital after ‘contact with a marine animal’ in their homes.

Surprisingly, two were classified as emergency admissions.

Natural disasters, volcanic eruptions, toxic mushrooms and war

Four admissions, from Britons aged between 30 and 40, required treatment due to a volcanic eruption.

All the cases will have occurred abroad, as the UK has no active volcanoes on its borders. However, this cannot be confirmed through the published data.

Just five admissions were for Britons struck by lightning in the latest NHS data, down from 19 in the first year of the pandemic.

The ingestion of toxic mushrooms was behind 52 cases of attention, 23 of which were emergency cases.

Toxic mushrooms were behind 52 hospital admissions in England last year, shown here a deadly variety of Deathcap

Toxic mushrooms were behind 52 hospital admissions in England last year, shown here a deadly variety of Deathcap

Toxic mushrooms were behind 52 hospital admissions in England last year, shown here a deadly variety of Deathcap

One of the strangest cases in NHS data involved two men treated for “biological warfare operations”.

No details about the weapon involved were provided, but one man was in his early 20s and the other was in his late 70s.

One needed to be monitored in hospital following his exposure to the weapon.

Disgusting diseases in 2021-22, from the Black Death to eyeball worms

Covid may have continued to dominate the headlines for most of 2021-22, but there were other pathogens and infections that sent patients to hospital.

There were a total of 41 admissions for The Plague, famously known as the Black Death for killing millions of Europeans during the Middle Ages.

It got its name from the black sores that appeared on the bodies of those infected.

Caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, the disease was spread by fleas on the backs of rats. In modern times, it’s much less dangerous thanks to antibiotics, but it can still kill if not treated quickly enough.

Most of the 41 cases in England were due to pneumonic plague, an airborne version of the disease.

However, one case, in a 10-year-old boy, was the bubonic form of the disease, which produces the famous boils.

Illustration of the bacterium Yersinia pestis, which is responsible for the disease known as the plague or black death, which killed millions as it spread across Europe in the Middle Ages.  28 Britons contracted the bubonic or pneumonic version of the disease, and a further 14 cases were unspecified or unknown varieties of the disease.

Illustration of the bacterium Yersinia pestis, which is responsible for the disease known as the plague or black death, which killed millions as it spread across Europe in the Middle Ages.  28 Britons contracted the bubonic or pneumonic version of the disease, and a further 14 cases were unspecified or unknown varieties of the disease.

Illustration of the bacterium Yersinia pestis, which is responsible for the disease known as the plague or black death, which killed millions as it spread across Europe in the Middle Ages. 28 Britons contracted the bubonic or pneumonic version of the disease, and a further 14 cases were unspecified or unknown varieties of the disease.

Five cases of anthrax were also reported in the 2020-21 NHS data, a disease normally associated with ancient history or bioterrorism.

Four of these were for anthrax sepsis in which anthrax spores enter the bloodstream directly, such as through a needle.

Cases of anthrax sepsis have previously been reported in the UK among heroin users.

The remaining case was an emergency admission for a 76-year-old man who contracted cutaneous anthrax, where spores of the bacteria enter an open wound and cause infection.

Most people who get this type of anthrax infection work with animals or contaminated animal products. It is almost always successfully treated if a person has access to advanced medical care.

One of the most harrowing infections on record was ocular myiasis, in which flies deposit worms in one or both eyes of a patient.

In total, 72 cases were registered, with patients with an average age of 62 years.

Sexual disorders and unfortunate insertions in intimate areas

Britons needed NHS treatment for a wide range of sexual disorders in 2021-22.

A total of 28 admissions were from Britons diagnosed with “excessive sexual desire”, which could mean they were diagnosed with a sex addiction.

The cases were almost equally divided in terms of gender, with a median age of 58 years.

Five cases were recorded among patients older than 85 years. However, as with all reasons needing treatment, some or all of these may have been the same patient seeking care multiple times.

Three admissions among the men were for exhibitionism, a fetish in which people get turned on by showing their naked bodies to others.

A 39-year-old man was treated for voyeurism, the practice of obtaining sexual pleasure by watching others having sex or spying on them when they are naked.

As many as 28 Britons were diagnosed with “excessive sexual drive” by the NHS last year, with cases almost evenly split between men and women (stock image)

Nearly 2,500 admissions were Britons who had foreign bodies removed from the rectum, vagina or urethra.

The NHS recorded 1,121 cases of removal of objects from the rectum, a complaint twice as common among men than women.

1,073 objects were removed from the vagina and 253 cases of someone who had an object stuck in the vagina. urethra.

Inserting objects into the urethra for sexual pleasure is called probing, but items inserted in this way carry the risk of getting stuck and requiring medical attention to remove.

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